High Spirited Retreat With Panama City

North America | | November 6, 2009 at 1:53 am




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The Spanish South American Liberator Simon Bolívar, 1826 described, “If the world had to choose a capital, the Isthmus of Panamá would be the obvious place for that high destiny.”

Multi-linguistic, futuristic before its time are few namely characteristics that make Panama City unsurpassable, very few cities of Latin America can emulate its diversity, cosmopolitan essence and high-spirits. Even though, these characteristics formulate this exotic destination, its ambiance is very much similar to the far away Asian trading countries of Hong Kong and Singapore, rather than any close region. Say it miracle or its catching up! Coming to its geographical location, perched at one of the most significant crossroads of the world, the unique geographical placement has proved to be an influential and tempting one. Accelerating a swift commercial ride, great opportunities granted by the success story and geographical location has always welcomed large numbers of tourists from all round the globe cheerfully.

panama cityThe extensive Panama City which serves as a shelter to almost half of the population of the country is a highly-acknowledged political and social centre of Panama. The location of Panama City makes it possible to eye the outside world, and seemingly, over the period of time, the local inhabitants have developed a habit of paying less attention to what is called as the ‘interiors.’ The populace of Panama City can be described as open-minded, down-to-earth, and outward looking who make as the most sophisticated and shrewd ones in the whole of Central America.

A marvelous eye-catchy backdrop lying on the Pacific Bay of the same name, with canal on one side and verdant dense forested mountains looming on the other, bestow a captivating image of contrasting views. Panama City is a blend of ancient and contemporary architectural marvels. Alongside the Southwest rim of the bay stands firmly the old city centre of  San Felipe, which is a muddle of rickety colonial churches and Nineteenth-century old mansions and a contrasting appearance of lustrous skyscrapers of El Cangrejo, which is a contemporary banking and commercial district rises at a mere distance of 4 km to the Northeast.

panama viejoMoving ahead towards the East, amidst the extensive suburbs are the remnants of ‘Panama Viejo’- the first European City to be discovered on the Pacific Coast of the Americans. Ahead, reclining to the West of San Felipe, despite of coming under the control of Panama in the year 1979, Balboa Town which was previously a US Canal Zone keeps a hold of North American essence.

isla tabogaIf the never-ending commercial ambiance of Panama City seems to become over-crushing and irresistible, tourists should head off to Isla Taboga. Located around 20 km off the coast, besides the Amador Causeway which protrudes out to the Pacific alongside the Canal, Isla Taboga, an eye-soothing spot often described as “Island of Flowers” is an enchanting spot to calm the stressed senses. Following, move to the natural retreat of Parque Nacional Metropolitano, it is the only impeccable tropical rainforest lying within the confinement of Latin America Capital. Explore the enthralling tranquility in the tropical rainforests and grab fun and enjoyment to the fullest. Actually, Panama City serves as a good base for exploring the whole country such as the Canal, Colon and the Caribbean Coast as far as Portobelo can be discovered in day tours.

Tourist attractions

Darien National Park

Serving as a bridge to link the two continents of the New World, Darien National Park marks an unforgettable visit for the lifetime. Sheltering extraordinary collection of habitats, sandy beaches, rocky coasts, swamps and mangroves, it is an exceptional visit. Its lowland and upland tropical forests are phenomenal spots which shelter outstanding wildlife. Two Indian tribes dwelling in the park, make the visit a cherished one.

Darien National ParkArchaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá

Marked as the most antique ancient European settlement on the Pacific Coast of the America, Panama Viejo was discovered in the year 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarias Davila. Placed on a rectilinear grid, it marks the transference from Europe of the idea of a planned town. In the 17th century, it was abandoned and got replaced with a ‘New Town’ (the historic district). Yet, it has conserved its original street plan, its architectural plan and an exceptional fusion of Spanish, French and early American designs. In the year 1826, El Libertador endeavored to establish Multinational Continental Congress, however his efforts weren’t successful and this can be observed in the venue of Salon Bolivar.

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2 Comments

  1. Scott H. says:

    I just wanted to thank you very much for this ensightful article. I have already bookmarked your site, when I have more free time I am going to have to do some further research. Well back to my dreaming of Panama or back to the books – I wonder which one is going to win out. :)

  2. Lesley says:

    There are some very beautiful rivers and creeks that flow through/around Panama City Beach. I went Kayaking in one two years ago and there were lots of beautiful springs to see along the way. There are usually less tourists at places like that because everyone wants to be at the beach.

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